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List of reefs

Locations of coral reefs around the world

This is an incomplete list of notable reefs.


Name Image Location Coordinates Notes
African coral reefs
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Red Sea to Madagascar Consists of numerous coral reefs, mostly along the east and south coast of Africa. The reefs faces multiple threats such as untreated sewage, industrial run-offs, pollutants, and sediment flowing from rivers. Also, the 1997/98 El Nino destroyed 90% of the coral.
Angria Bank
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Off the coast of Vijaydurg, Maharashtra, India
Apo Reef Mindoro Strait, Philippines Ths is the Philippines' largest reef and the world's second-largest contiguous coral reef system.
Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park
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Cozumel, Mexico Part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System
Bar Reef
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Kalpitiya peninsula, Sri Lanka This coral reef has more biodiversity than in any of the waters of India. It is one of only a few prisine systems in Sri Lanka.
Belize Barrier Reef Belize This is the second biggest coral reef system on Earth, the largest being the Great Barrier Reef. It is a around 1/3 of the 900-km-long Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System.
Benares Shoals Peros Banhos atoll, northern Chagos Archipelago
Coral Triangle Mainly Indonesia Called the "Amazon of the seas", this is a large area defined within a triangular area in the waters of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste.
Daintree Reef
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Coral Sea, Queensland, Australia Named after geologist and photographer Richard Daintree, this system is adjacent to the Daintree Rainforest.
Darwin Mounds
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Off the northwest coast of Scotland Located around 1,000 m (3,280 feet) below the surface, this system consists of a big field of sand mounds.
Filippo Reef 450 km east of Starbuck Island in the Pacific Ocean
French Frigate Shoals Northwestern Hawaiian Islands This is a 32-km-long, crescent-shaped reef maintained by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service as a field station within the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge.
Great Barrier Reef Coral Sea, Queensland, Australia[1] Known as the largest in the world
Isla Pérez Gulf of Mexico
Kingman Reef North Pacific Ocean Roughly triangular in shape, and mostly uninhabited
Lansdowne Bank Coral Sea This is one of the biggest banks on Earth.
Lyra Reef
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Papua New Guinea
Maro Reef Northwestern Hawaiian Islands This reef is named after the ship Maro, captained by Captain Joseph Allen who discovered the reef in 1820.
Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System
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From the Yucatán Peninsula to Honduras Also known as the Great Mayan Reef or Great Maya Reef, this is a World Heritage Site.
Mexico Rocks
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Ambergris Caye, Belize This area consists mainly of boulder corals and comprises about 100 Holocene patch reefs in a cluster on a ridge made of Pleistocene limestone.
Miami Terrace Reef
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Florida, United States This is a deep reef system that lies at 200 to 600 meters below sea level.
Minami-Tori-shima Japan
Minerva Reefs Fiji and Tonga
Miri-Sibuti Coral Reef National Park
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Sarawak, Malaysia This is a protected area and popular dive site.
New Caledonia Barrier Reef New Caledonia This is a double-barrier coral reef, and the second-longest on Earth, the longest being the Belize Barrier Reef.
Ningaloo Coast
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Western Australia A World Heritage Site, this reef is noted for whale sharks.
North East Reef Western Australia
Palancar Reef
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Cozumel, Mexico A popular diving location, this is part of the Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park.
Qixingyan (Taiwan)
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Pingtung County, Taiwan This is a shallow system with parts being visible at low tide. Many shipwrecks have occurred here.
Reunion Island's coral reef Madagascar Threatend in recent times by an increase in human exploitation as well as pollution
Røst Reef
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Lofoten, Norway This is the largest Lophelia reef known, and the biggest known deep-water coral reef system.
Scorpion Reef Yucatán, Mexico This reef is part of the Campeche Bank archipeligo.
Sha`b Abu Nuhas
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Northern Red Sea Considered a hazard to ships, this is a popular diving site.
South Sentinel Island
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Andaman Islands
Sula Reef
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Sør-Trøndelag, Norway This reef is composed of Lophelia pertusa coral.
Tubbataha Reef
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Sulu Sea This reef system contains a very high density of different species and is designated a World Heritage Site.

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